Jammins'© Work in Progress http://adyinart.com/jammins__wip.html hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 New Concept necklace...Blue Cascades http://adyinart.com/pc_url_5185210 <p class="plain"><font class="plainlarge"> I've written a two part blog entry on the idea behind and the creation of my latest necklace, Blue Cascades. There are lots of step by step photos and helpful tips if someone would like to try a similar process. Just click on the photos to check it out!<a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.1000markets.com/users/ninedragons/blog_posts/1083" class="plain"><img width="650" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/043/121/204/12284906141053884.jpg' bmargin="0" height="445" border="0" daid="3708823" lmargin="0" rmargin="0" tmargin="0"></a></font></p><div class="plain"> <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.1000markets.com/users/ninedragons/blog_posts/1120" class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/043/121/204/1228490676579999.jpg' daid="3708824" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"></a><span class="plainlarge"><br></span></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><span class="plainlarge">Hope you enjoy!</span></div><p class="plain"></p> Sue Choppers-Wife 2008-12-05T07:32:58-08:00 New Concept necklace...Blue Cascades Koi Pond pendant http://adyinart.com/pc_url_5059700 <p class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2be/2f0/28e/1226417754223863.jpg' daid="3636438" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"></p><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I usually reserve my WIPs for sculptures but I went through a unique process with this pendant, so thought I'd share. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">The final size is 3H x 2W inches on the pendant and 24 inch beadwork necklace. I started by sculpting one koi, baking it and then completely sanding it to the shape I wanted (making absolutely sure there were no undercuts). I then made a hard mold by pressing clay over it and then baking the mold. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">Flexible molds are easier to use, but once I get an idea I'm eager to try it out and didn't have the right clay for a flexible mold. To make the other two koi I covered the mold in baby powder and then shook out the excess and pressed in fresh clay. I had to allow a lot of clay to moosh out the top and sides so I had something to grip when pulling it out. It doesn't come out all nice and clean, the excess has to be cut off so the bottom will lay flat and the piece distorts a bit. So both koi had a lot of modeling to be done before baking and then fine sanded into shape. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I then used pearl white acrylic paint for the base (I'd used pearl clay but even though I worked it it still had patches of darker non-pearlized clay in it, giving it a not very nice finish). Then I made a mixture of orange in 3 sections (one pile of paint, but the left side was more yellow orange, the center a true orange and the right side a reddish orange) using pearl gold, pearl scarlet, transparent red and transparent golden yellow. I just free formed the pattern after seeing which colorings I liked in some reference photos. I went back over the pearl white with a stipple brush, the photo doesn't catch it, but it gives it a scaled effect in the light.  I then put on two thick coats of acrylic satin varnish (drying in between). Then set them aside.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I wanted the pond to be a nice shape, not round and I wanted to give the illusion of depth. So I grabbed a wooden spoon and used it to shape the clay (again, something the photograph cannot capture). I then used Peal Ex  Duo blue-green and Duo green-yellow and rubbed them in randomly next to each other. Oh...forgot to say that the clay was made up of black and white stripes because the Pearl Ex leaves a different color effect on each and I wanted that non-solid color that ponds have. I baked that and gave it two thick coats of varnish too. Then I added the fish to the edge (after much re-positioning for the exact right flow) with some E-6000 industrial strength adhesive. I then added another thick coat of varnish. Once that was dried I added the tiny dots of white to represent bubbles. The camera really picks this up, but in real life they they recede into a softer design and you can see that they are raised, which helps give more of a bubble effect. Then I added one more thick coat of acrylic over all this. All those coats of varnish give it a deeper effect and the Pearl Ex allows the piece to change colors depending on how the light hits it. Because the spoon had a little bit of a raised edge the fish sit up higher than the center of the spoon, so they throw a few shadows to make the pattern even more interesting. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">One thing I'm glad of is that I'd decided to go with a more free form rough looking style for this, the idea behind that being that I wanted the fish to be the focal point, and not just due to the complementary color palette but by also using texture contrast. But if I had wanted everything to be completely clean formed (like I get with sanding) then I wouldn't have been able to use the Pearl Ex, because it has to go on before baking and it's pretty impossible to get a perfect finish on the raw clay. I think perhaps if I got some diluent then I might come closer to a finished product with the raw clay.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I made each bead by hand...the blue-green beads were made with some flat strips of the black/white striped clay. I just rough cut some strips and then formed them around a toothpick and rubbed on the blue-green Pearl Ex. I didn't worry about sealing the joint as the shape would hold them together. It sort of reminds me of the original hishii necklaces, smaller beads on those, but very roughly formed. Again you have a two tone color effect going on in those beads.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">The round beads went through 3 processes. First they were just pearl white clay, then I used a Maimeri extra fine silver metallic powder (I have a very old set of metallic colors from this Italian company) and then varnished them. Then I added some green-yellow Pearl Ex over this and varnished again. Once baked and varnished the Pearl Ex tends to not want to stick, which is what I was counting on...this way I get a more real 'pearl effect' that flows with the rest of the piece. White or silver alone was too stark. So in the photo the round beads look one color but really they are a combination of silver (not sterling, but the paler pure silver) and gray (the gray is from the un-mixed areas which baked darker) and the oily film appearance of the yellowish green in the pond piece. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">The squarish round beads were the easiest, just rubbed the yellow-green on the pearl clay before baking. And then varnished. I strung the beads about 6 times, trying to get the combination that set off the pond and koi the best. I'm not used to working with big beads...I used to do regular bead work with teeny tiny beads. But this piece needed the larger beads to balance out the whole. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I used a twisted cotton thread that I soaked in a Pearl Ex varnish mix so it would match the square round beads. I decided not to add fittings but rather knot the ends, with the two larger beads to either side. Because this is vinyl it's not heavy like silver or gold jewelry. The pendant drops right onto the center of my breastbone and is quite comfortable around the neck. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I love looking down and seeing the side view of the fish and if I want the full effect I just cup it in my hand and smile as I enjoy my own little personal koi pond. I have put this up for sale, but wouldn't bother me one bit to keep it. I usually like simpler pieces, but this one makes quite a statement and it most definitely is one of a kind. I really also like how artistic this piece is, because of the fact that it's hand painted and has a non-defined background it's just like a three dimensional painting, something that truly falls into the sculpture 'art' category.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><p class="plain"></p> Sue Choppers-Wife 2008-11-11T08:34:59-08:00 Koi Pond pendant Good Friend of Mine (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog) final http://adyinart.com/pc_url_4930370 <p class="plain"> </p><div class="plain"><img width="450" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/088/1b0/3a7/12241729401458767.jpg' bmargin="0" height="338" border="0" daid="3542319" lmargin="0" rmargin="0" tmargin="0"></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">You can see I did quite a lot of final shaping to get to this stage. I really had an issue with keeping the two joined after the last stage, because with only the one arm supporting both it acted as a swivel joint while I worked on it and would keep separating. I beefed it up with a wire plug joining the two and allowed the frog's knee to barely touch the Jammins. Once I got the frog arms on I got a solid connection. I sanded the base to give them solid footing.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">This is the actual color it turned out...I didn't burn it, the white got exaggerated in the earlier photos. And I am no longer doing a faux finish with antique white oil paint. I don't rub any dark into the recesses either now, I've learned to make the undercuts deep so the shadows show the details.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">All in all, I really like the final form of this one. It's very smooth and flowing, but I've allowed a few faint marks to remain from the first sanding process...you can only see it if you look very closely in real life, it has an interesting cross hatch appearance. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">It's kind of ironic that the Jammins' arm alone gave me all the problems, I'd thought for sure the frog legs would be the trouble area. But other than the awkward dance of getting it set in place, they were no problem at all. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I'm undecided which piece to do next. Money is a bit tight and The Parable koan representation will take quite a bit of clay and will exceed the miniature category. I'll probably do another Jammins' piece but will decide which one over the weekend as I have some wirework to do with the beads I made. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">Thanks for following along!</div><p class="plain"></p> Sue Choppers-Wife 2008-10-16T09:16:09-07:00 Good Friend of Mine (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog) final Good Friend http://adyinart.com/pc_url_4901662 <p class="plain">Well, I finally got the battery charged for my camera, just so I could take this one photo.</p><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/376/1de/1d4/12235064332647511.jpg' daid="3526897" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain">Please remember that this is a very rough stage...I was fighting my butt off just to get the two joined together so they could stand independently, without a base. I just have rough noodle arms on the Jammins' and none on the frog yet. Everything still has to be shaped on the Jammins' body and the rocking effect fixed on his feet. They were flat when they went in the oven, but sometimes the weight pushes forward before it hardens and gives it that effect. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I really would like to get started on the shaping but it may take a little while as my back is acting up. It might be better tomorrow, perhaps not. It may not be an overly complicated piece but if I rush it it'll just end up not so good. And the thing about simpler pieces is that something not quite right will really stand out in the final piece. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><p class="plain"></p> Sue Choppers-Wife 2008-10-08T16:01:40-07:00 Good Friend Was a good friend of mine http://adyinart.com/pc_url_4891243 <p class="plain"> Well, I'd like to introduce you to Jeremiah was a bullfrog :D</p><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">My idea for this one is simple as can be...sometimes the most unusual friends are the best friends. So I just wanted to capture that timeless snapshot pose of two buds, one just happens to be a frog and the other a Jammins' .</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I described what I went through to fix the frog legs in place in <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://adyinart.com/blogsite.html?fb_1722529_anch=4886224" class="plain">yesterday's onsite blog</a>...but here's I did the frog's head.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/1f4/105/17a/1223318659235583.jpg' daid="3519738" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/249/188/2a9/1223318675622479.jpg' daid="3519739" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/249/188/2a9/1223318690261124.jpg' daid="3519740" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/296/318/192/1223318700196998.jpg' daid="3519741" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I don't think it took much more than about 15 minutes total. I just formed a ball, took the back end of a paintbrush and made the eyeholes, stuck a toothpick in for the nostrils, added a little ball of clay to pull into the mouth shape, slit a mouth with the needle end of a needle tool and used the edge of the paintbrush for the indentenions down the center of the face and round the eye sockets. Then I made two equal sized little balls for the eyes, heated them so they wouldn't squish, popped them in the sockets and built a little hooded eyelid around them. </div><div class="plain">And voila, a very rough frog shaped head. </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">I baked that and then added a body shape which I also baked attached to the head...meanwhile I quickly carved up the Jammins' head too ( I think it's the smallest one yet) and baked it too.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/376/1de/1d4/1223318992243247.jpg' daid="3519742" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/376/1de/1d4/122331900780974.jpg' daid="3519743" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">Then I added the legs as I described and here's a sneak preview of his pose...</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><img src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/296/318/192/1223319058251425.jpg' daid="3519744" bmargin="0" tmargin="0" rmargin="0" lmargin="0" border="0"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">teehee, kind of personable, isn't he? The lovely thing about this piece for me is that it's all simple shapes joined together. The detail is extremely minimal. I had planned to but more detail into his flippers, now I'm not so sure. I'm thinking if your mind says 'flipper' without details, why give any more information? </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">The legs are rubbery looking, I could have gone for more structured, but the feature most prominent about frog legs to me is that they're flexible and 'springy'. If the Jammins' wasn't going to help support his stance I'd have had to go straighter, and then it wouldn't have had that effect.</div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">Today is a day off, but hopefully tomorrow (if I don't mow again) then I'll do the Jammins' body and then work both their arms at the same time. A little tricky as there will be some entertwining for support. </div><p class="plain"></p> Sue Choppers-Wife 2008-10-06T11:57:58-07:00 Was a good friend of mine